All posts tagged: Mean Girls

The Madness of the Middle Years–Girl Problems

I’ve blogged about everyday bullies in sheep’s clothing before. But I’m beginning to realize that our society is rife with straight-up bully types as well. I understand this is a normal and somewhat expected part of middle school–especially among girls. I remember a bit of it from my own days as an awkward, insecure young girl. But this mean girl culture is truly something I marvel about on a regular basis as I observe some of the behaviors all around my daughter and her small group of close friends. A pretty seventh grader, smart and athletic, she is smack-dab in the middle of the war, and the perfect target for all kinds of nastiness. Her tiny group is referred to as “the plastics.” My daughter and her friends aren’t mean girls, in fact, they try to get along with everyone and not cause conflict. But this faction who named them are overly concerned with everything they do–where they go, with whom they interact and which boys pay attention to them. Some girls are nice some of …